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Mission: To develop and disseminate workshop modules that will energize intergenerational discussions among women, and help them reconnect with Judaism.

A large number of Jewish women are detached from Judaism, other than a vague appreciation of tradition and heritage. Certainly, being a Jew is an important aspect of their identity. That’s why many of those who have children bring them to Hebrew school and to High Holy Day services. They might even host or help prepare Passover Seders, and light Chanukah menorahs. But that’s often the extent of their involvement.

The consensus among many—especial Millennials and younger women—is that Judaism is generally irrelevant to and apart from their everyday lives. What’s more, whenever they have delved into the Torah and other sacred texts—typically when they studied for their Bat Mitzvahs—they found the few stories of women in the Tanahk to be threadbare prototypes shaped by a patriarchal culture. What could a 21st century woman have in common with those ancient women, who apparently had little agency outside their homes and were often treated like second-class individuals? And what relevance could Judaism possibly have to a modern woman’s needs and concerns?

Daughters of Eve workbooks will not only welcome these kinds of questions but will also seek to provoke them. Each of the annual workbooks will be based on 12 essays by award-winning writer Sally Wiener Grotta. The essays will have their foundation in the stories of biblical women, but will focus on issues pertinent to life today. These essays will be crafted to be thought-provoking and open-ended, with no definitive answer offered. In that way, they will generate energized intergenerational discussions.

Daughters of Eve workbooks will start with the questions generated by the essays, and then guide discussions to delve more deeply, igniting a sharing of each participant’s interpretations and perspectives. The discussions will be an opportunity for women of all ages to hear different viewpoints and be challenged intellectually. What’s more, this definitive Jewish experience of asking and debating meaningful questions will be a fun and memorable way to reconnect with their Judaism.

Sample essays are available:
“If you could be transported back to Eden, would you pick and eat the apple?”
“Am I the Orange on the Seder Plate?”